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Sharecroppers

Sharecroppers

My grandfather was a sharecropper — otherwise I would have been as ignorant of it as the pot pharmas are who practice it today. It’s a holdover from feudalism, established…

Runaway Red

Most of us shoot ourselves in the foot from time to time, metaphorically anyway, but Kenneth McCarty shot himself in the foot then ran over his other foot. Not on…

Asians & Abalone

Abalone poaching is a multi-ethnic enterprise, but the perception in Mendocino County is that Asians do most of it. Do they, or is it racism talking? Dung Tri Bui’s all-white…

Bush Hippies Brawl

It all started at a trimming session during harvest season in Laytonville. It was hot, the pot sticky, the vibe hostile bordering on angry. It was time for a break,…

Boss Kelly

The preliminary hearing for Kelly Boss of Philo ended in a holding order last week, which means the state showed up with enough evidence to make a reasonable person, Ukiah…

The Acetone Defense

The first time Peter Richardson went to the venerable Water Trough bar on South State Street in Ukiah was back in the late 1950s or early 1960s (he doesn’t remember…

We Are Not Alone (?)

We Are Not Alone (?)

Maitreya is coming to save us. Maitreya? In a word, God; the new god, the god running the UFOs and drawing crop circles and doing a lot of other stuff…

Joan The Book Lady Gets Her Last Break

Joan The Book Lady Gets Her Last Break

The August 12th sentencing of Joan Rainville, 54, was the most dramatic episode of the entire sensational series of Joan-related events, which began late last year when District Attorney David…

Ivan The Terrible — Or Ivan The Not So Terrible

“If there’s any reasonable doubt, you must find my client not guilty,” Ivan Sanchez’s Santa Rosa lawyer told the jury at the end of Sanchez’s trial last week. Mr. Gabriel…

Smile, Punk, Smile.

A Ukiah man, Tony Fernandez, has been bound over for trial on a charge of false imprisonment after a lengthy preliminary hearing last week. False imprisonment is one of those…

Back To Basics

Back To Basics

The Fifth Annual Not-So-Simple Living Fair at the Boonville Fairgrounds saw an avid throng of attendees. The event is hugely popular and crucial to a growing and widely diverse demographic…

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